- Associated Press - Friday, April 7, 2017

LEWISTOWN, Mont. (AP) - A coroner’s jury determined the death of an inmate at a central Montana jail was not caused by a criminal act.

An inquest was held Thursday in the death of 36-year-old Terry Randal Cox II, who was found dead in his cell at the Fergus County jail on July 22, 2016.

Coroner Richard Brown oversaw the inquest in which two medical examiners testified that Cox died with a lethal level of methamphetamine in his blood.

Investigators testified that they believe Cox had ingested a package containing a large amount of meth before his arrest.

Jurors deliberated for about 20 minutes before returning their verdict.

An inquest is required by state law if someone dies in law enforcement custody and the death is not caused by a terminal illness.

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